Basilica Hudson and Community for Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) have teamed up to present a new festival: READ & FEED. As its name suggests, READ & FEED combines food and literature. The inaugural mini-festival features panel discussions that bring together creatives of all sorts—writers, farmers, and chefs. Examples of the panel discussions include: “Two Best Friends and a Bottle of Wine,” where authors Lydia Davis and Lynne Tillman engage with each other (and the audience) over a bottle of wine from Hudson Wine Merchants, and “Food Farming and Spirituality,” with celebrity chef Zak Pelaccio, authors Marie Mutsuki Mockett and Rozanne Gold, and organic farmer Sarah Chase discussing the manifestation of spirituality in the culinary arts.
Cooking and mixology demonstrations will take place as well in addition to a marathon reading of John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse). Several noted readers will be in attendance —Bernadette Mayer, Stephin Merrit, Dan Hurlin, Joan Retallack, Erica Kaufman and many more.
In a special poetry event, guests have a poet or literary reader read a poem to them in a secluded room. Once done with the reading, the guests are given the poem to take home.
Attendees have the option to purchase meals, drinks, and food products from Chaseholm Farms, Raven & Boar, Hudson Standard, and other vendors. Magazines, books, and cookbooks will be available from many small press and literary magazine publishers, such as Europa Editions and Conjunctions.
READ & FEED will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 4pm. Portions of the festival will be broadcast on WGXC 90.7fm and online at wavefarm.org. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information about READ & FEED visit basilicahudson.org/read-feed.
Black Maria Film Festival will be coming to Upstate Films on July 29. The festival consists of nine short films: documentaries, animations, and narratives. Film and video artist Jane Steuerwald specifically curated the program for the Rhinebeck venue.
Now in its 35th year, Black Maria Film Festival productions honor the vision of Thomas Edison, New Jersey inventor and creator of the motion picture. Named for Edison’s New Jersey studio which he nicknamed the “black maria,” the films showcased depict issues and struggles in contemporary society.
The Bravest, the Boldest, a narrative piece, centers on Sayeeda Porter receiving news regarding her son who is serving in the war in the middle east. Her reaction is portrayed in 17 minutes. Documentary Notes from My Homeland celebrates the power of art to catalyze social movements. Malek Jandali, a Syrian-American composer, transitions from classical musician to powerful activist to respond to the Assad regime in this nine-minute film.
Some movies are slightly on the lighter side: Signwriter is a five-minute documentary about a British man who has had his dream job painting signs and narrowboats for the past sixty years.
Black Maria Film Festival will begin on July 29 at 8:30 pm at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. For more information about the Black Maria Film Festival visit their website blackmariafilmfestival.org.
On Saturday, July 23 four artists’ work will be exhibited throughout the John Davis Gallery. The show, which features an eclectic combination of sculpture, paintings and photography, will be on display through August 14. Each artist has a unique style that translates into their work, regardless of the different mediums.
Yi Zhang, a sculptor draws inspiration from different materials and collage construction as well physical sensations, like the movement of the body. “Different substances, connected together, communicate and share their innate life producing new emotions and revealing their potential inner natures. The actions performed, the process, emanate from my emotion and reaction to the possible combination of forms,” Zhang says.
The other sculptor, Willard Boepple, specializes in creating abstract pieces that are “driven purely by the visual experience of it.” Boepple wants his work “to speak directly without narrative or message other than that which is created by the sculpture’s own form and presence,” as he says.
John Dugdale’s medium differs from Zhang and Boepple: photography. After losing his sight, Dugdale turned to languages and techniques from the mid 19th century to express himself. His pieces are created using a process invented in 1842, cyanotype, which gives them the ethereal blue color.
Similarly, painter Mark Tambella combines stolen, imagined, remembered imagery with expressionistic, still life and portrait techniques to produce colorful paintings. His paintings transport the viewer to scenes of the past— pizza parlors, casinos, etc.— and invite the viewer to go beyond the images.
The opening for the artists will be on Saturday, July 23 from 6pm to 8pm. For additional information about the exhibition and the artists please visit Johndavisgallery.com.
The family-friendly Hoot features world-class music on two volunteer-built outdoor stages, camping, hiking, food and craft vendors, camping, hiking, and other unique experiences within the beautiful setting and rustic buildings of the center’s site. Performing on the festival’s traditionally roots-oriented bill this year are The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Don Flemons, the reunited Fiddle Fever (with Jay Ungar), Baby States, Tracy Bonham, Robert Sarazin-Blake and the Package, Simi Stone, Chris Merenda and the Wheel, host duo Mike & Ruthy, and many more.
The 2016 Summer Hoot will take place at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, New York, on August 26, 27, and 28. For ticket prices/purchases and other information, visit http://www.homeofthehoot.com/.
Brown’s country-folk tunes mirror his Woody Guthrie-esque troubadour working life as a carpenter, a farmer, a deep sea fisherman, and a mechanic, among other gigs. The stylistic reference points are impeccable: John Prine, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash. But Brown brings his own parched voice to the confessional songwriter’s stool as he weaves his weathered tales of creosote, corn, posthole diggers, and girls on dirt bikes.
“See You Next Time” is the opening cut of Skin & Bone:
Mark Brown and his band will perform at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York, on August 6 at 8pm. Admission is $10. For more information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit www.rosendalecafe.com.
Hudson Valley artist and writer Matt Maley alludes to why Trump is such a grump. Maley’s Little Donny Trump will have you wondering if our republican candidate still needs a nice, long nap. Because he’s clearly too busy telling people what he thinks.
The terror that is baby Donny Trump wreaks havoc—insulting his peers including Rosie O’Donnel, Barrack Obama, and Hillary Clinton and others. He threatens to ban a Muslim girl. Tells the president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, “I’m building this wall and you’re paying for it.” Additionally, he insults everyone who disagrees with him. He also makes a big “boom boom.”
Considering the graphic novel is fueled by direct Trump quotes deconstructed into child's storyline. The only difference between the baby tyrant and Trump is that little Donny’s got more than just a few wisps of hair on his head.
Masters’ book length poem was composed of short postmortem monologues that portray the fictional midwestern town of Spoon River. So Horowitz created the fictitious town of Woodspoon, New York where the deceased denizens of the now vanished town address the living (audience) through digital epitaphs.
Woodspoon, inspired by Woodstock, was made in counterpoint to Master’s community: If Spoon River had a blacksmith—Woodspoon has an aromatherapist and a chiropractor.
The third locally staged group reading of Spoon River Apology will take place at Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock on Friday, July 29 after a showing of What You’ve Brought: Four Short Takes on the Theme of Antiques Roadshow by David Smilow.
Masters’ Spoon River community had more than 200 town residents while Woodspoon has 32 residents: A cast of 15 will read (so the evening will go quickly.)
Admission is $10 suggested donation. Doors open at 7:30PM. The show starts at 8PM.
On May 21, 1927 a tall lanky Minnesota farm boy landed an odd single-engine plane with cloth-doped wings, and a periscope (massive fuel tanks obstructed the forward view) at Le Bourget Field in France, completing the first, non-stop, 3610 mile, transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 33.5 hours. The achievement garnered the $25,000 Orteig Prize and catapulted Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) to international acclaim, while the Spirit of St. Louis became the most renowned plane in aviation history. Courageous hero, pioneering aviator, explorer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (as well as an anti-Semite and philanderer), Lindbergh was above all else a complex and obdurate individualist. Sadly, his success led to tragedy (the kidnapping and murder of his son, Charles A. Jr.) and ultimately vilification by the Roosevelt administration for his outspoken non-interventionist stance prior to WW II (he subsequently flew 50 combat missions in the Pacific during the war).
Lindbergh used his fame to tirelessly promote the Gospel of Flight through good will tours, charting flights to South America, Europe and Asia, advising Pan American, Transworld Airlines, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Strategic Air Command, flying B52 bombers, testing new jets, and supporting Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry. Towards the end of his life, however, Lindbergh questioned the values of technology and progress and actively supported indigenous peoples and environmentalism, observing, “If civilization is to continue, modern man must direct the material power of his science by the spiritual truth of his God.”
The original Spirit of St. Louis, named for Lindbergh’s financial backers and officially known as the Ryan NYP, hangs from the ceiling in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Specifically designed for its historical transatlantic flight, the modified Ryan M-2 strut-braced monoplane with a 46’ wingspan was built in two months by the small Diego firm of Ryan Airlines Corporation. The Spirit was powered by a 223-hp air-cooled, 9-cylinder, Wright J-5C “Whirlwind” engine fueled by five massive fuel tanks totaling 450 gallons, which when filled brought its total weight to 5,135 lbs.
Today the Spirit lives on in a recently completed exact replica (which involved several visits to the Smithsonian) built over a twenty year period at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Long the dream of founder Cole Palen, who obtained an old restored Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine in the 1970’s, the plane was completed by vintage maintenance manager and pilot, Ken Cassens. On May 21, 2016, the 89th anniversary of Lindbergh’s original flight, the new Spirit of St. Louis soared above the aerodrome to the delight of several hundred aviation enthusiasts, many of whom were attired in 1920’s apparel. For more information and to “catch the spirit” at future events visit oldrhinebeck.org.